Crafts and more at Yankee Peddler Fair

Colonial crafts will be the focus of the Milford Historical Society’s Yankee Peddler Fair on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) at society headquarters, 34 High Street.

People can come to see how early setters made lace, hooked rugs and quilted.

Wooden stocks will be set up to capture photos of friends and family. In Colonial times being put in stocks was a humiliating punishment that the whole town could see.

There will be a booth for Peanuts’ fans: “Genealogical Help 5 cents.”

City Historian Richard Platt and his wife, Jane, will provide information on tracing genealogy for people who are a descendant of Milford’s founders.

The Platts will have a display of books and charts and answer questions on how to do genealogy. Their handouts will include pedigree charts, family group sheets, free internet sources, a cousin chart and membership information on how to join the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.

They will be dressed in 18th century costume, reminding everyone that the 375th anniversary of the founding of Milford that will be celebrated in 2014.

The fair will include a craft and curio table, Chinese auction and books for children and adults, along with a bake sale and a table offering herb sachets and flower crafts. Candies, children’s toys and history books will be on sale in the Society’s country store.

Also for sale will be a 2014 calendar with scenes of Milford that was made possible through Milford Photo.

The public is invited to the Society’s next meeting on Monday, Nov. 18 to hear a program on “Our History in Stone: The New England Cemetery Dictionary” at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Christ, 168 Broad Street. The night will begin with a short business meeting at 7 and the talk will start at 7:15 p.m.

For more information call, 203-877-1851 or visit milfordhistoricalsociety.org.

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